Meet Zee, Facilitator
‘I’d worked in care before, so it wasn’t a new thing for me,’ said Facilitator Zee. ‘But having worked with the elderly for so long, I needed to think about it and ask myself if I thought I could do it. I applied – now I’m here four years later.’
Training to succeed as a Facilitator
National Star’s comprehensive and award-winning staff induction programme made all the difference to Zee. ‘The two-week training I received made it much easier, and when I needed support it was there.’ Working as a facilitator Zee provides personal and practical support to young people with a range of physical and learning disabilities. Day to day he works with them during educational activities and therapy sessions, in their residences and out and about in the community, enabling them to gain the skills and the confidence they need to live their lives as independently as possible when they leave college.
A rewarding job
‘The best thing is getting the students to their best point. When they first arrive at college it’s daunting. But we are here to help them and to enable them to succeed in whatever they want to do when they leave. Seeing them succeed and come out of their shells makes me happy.’
Zee’s commitment to his role saw him progress from an A to a C grade in his first year. Funded by National Star, he has also been able to obtain a D1 license, enabling him to drive the organisation’s minibuses.
Zee is currently based at Bradbury Gardens, National Star’s specialist accommodation in Cheltenham, where his wife also now works. He would encourage anyone thinking about applying for a role to do so. ‘It’s a good career path,’ added Zee. ‘The training’s spot on and you will have many happy memories here.’